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Looks like a belt broke for the drum.

Does anyone know how to replace a broken belt for the drum? The motor starts but the drum does not move. can hear a sound like a broken belt when I turn the drum manually.

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Not knowing what model you have. To reinstall most belts you must first remove the front of the dryer. Once the drum is exposed, then you can retrack the belt around the drum. You'll see where the other one passed. then you will have to place the belt around the tensioner and pulley. If you still have the manual, it should show you exactly what to do. Of course, shut the power off before making any repairs. But first i would take the back off and look at the motor down below. You can see the belt from this angle as well and it's a lot easier than taking the front off. Good luck.

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